Sophie Mercer

Sophie Mercer

Sophie Mercer

3rd Year Theatre Student

My name is Sophie, and I am a third-year Theatre student in the Acting Conservatory. I grew up in the small town of Perth, Ontario, and was lucky enough to be involved in a vibrant arts community there. Upon graduating from high school, I attended the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, where I completed the college program in Musical Theatre. I wanted to continue my training in acting, and began looking into York, as many of my instructors at Randolph had studied here. It quickly became the only university program I wanted to apply to.

I came to York for the Acting Conservatory, but what I love about our department is its interdisciplinary nature. No matter what stream of Theatre you may end up in – Acting, Devised Theatre, Playwrighting and New Play Dramaturgy, Production and Design, or Theatre Studies – you can still take classes in any of the other streams, giving you experience and training in all areas, and providing you with a broader education in your field. I enjoy studying at York because I can not only take amazing classes in Theatre and other AMPD areas, but I can study subjects completely outside of my major that fulfill my other interests and passions.

After graduating from York, I hope to work as a performer, but I would also like to combine that with my love of education. I have spent many years working with kids and teens in theatre environments, and I would love to continue this work, inspiring the next generation of theatre professionals and helping them achieve their goals.

I think that theatre is one of the most powerful art forms in existence, and its ability to effect change and start important discussions continues to amaze me. I love going to shows that make me think, but also ones that transport me to a completely different world. A director of a show I was working on a few years ago asked me what I love about theatre, and my instinctual response was, “I love the magic of it.” This still rings true today.